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31

More on possible September callups

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The indispensible Chad Jennings took a look at which Triple-A Scranton players have earned themselves a September callup this season. Since not all of them will actually get the call, he also mentions who he thinks will ultimately get some big league action. As an added bonus, he lists which players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this offseason. Make sure you check it out, Chad’s stuff is always worth the read.

Oh, and check out my Sept. callup post if you missed it. Even if you didn’t, go ahead and give it another read.

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  • Makavelli

    Out of the potential September call ups…who plays a big role and makes a bid for the post season roster? (but doesn’t necessarily get it)

    • Ed

      I’d imagine Melancon and Albaledejo are the only callups with a chance.

      Gut feeling says at most one of Mitre and Gaudin makes the postseason roster, possibly neither if some September relief callups pitch well.

      I’m guessing 3 of Gardner, Hairston, Hinske, and Pena make the roster. Probably rank their odds in that order, assuming Gardner returns no later than mid month.

      • Makavelli

        Hairston is more valuable than Hinske right now?

        Now that I think about it, I agree.

        Order sounds about right…

        • Ed

          Definitely, Hairston plays anywhere, Hinske only in the corners.

          I think if Hinske makes it, Pena has to as well to get a backup middle infielder.

          • Ed

            Err, I meant if Hinske makes it but not Hairston.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Just like Melancon and Mitre, Peña needs to have an amazing September to unseat Hairston.

              • Ed

                Of course. I rush and said it terribly, but the point I was intending to make was that the bench makeup is largely based on what positions people can play.

                The bullpen is based more on performance than roles.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Postseason 12-man staff locks:

        1-CC 2-AJ 3-Pettitte 4-Joba 5-Mo 6-Hughes 7-Aceves 8-Marte 9-Bruney 10-Robertson

        Fighting for the last two spots, in the probable current pecking order as of this moment:
        -Coke
        -Gaudin
        -Mitre
        -Melancon
        -Albaladejo
        -Edwar
        -Claggett
        -Dunn

        I think Coke still gets the giant leg up over everyone else simply because he’d be the second LHP. So it’s Gaudin v. Mitre v. Melancon v. Albaladejo for the last spot. If I’m Gaudin and Mitre, I’d be asking for a few bullpen opportunities during September. You want to show the brass that you’re capable of coming into a game late and pitching high-leverage innings, particularly with men on base.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Isn’t Dunn a lefty?

          • pat

            Yeah but he doesn’t get a leg up on Coke unless he’s ridokulously lights out in a brief September callup.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Exactly. He’s a lefty, but he still needs to prove that he can get big league hitters out. Coke has already done that (at least, with a smattering of success.)

        • Makavelli

          I’m hoping, despite a few good outings, the Yankees still don’t get serious with considering Edwar…

          As I’ve stated before…

          I’d rather have Richard Ramirez on the playoff roster than Edwar Ramirez…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Don’t worry, he’s far down the list.

            October 4th will probably be the last day of Edwar the Yankee. JMHO.

        • Ed

          I think I agree dead on with your rankings. I don’t see them taking both Mitre and Gaudin. They’re both basically emergency starter / long relief guys, and I can’t see them taking both. I doubt they get the chance to show themselves as reliable shutdown pen guys.

          I’m also guessing that the stronger Aceves finishes the year, the lower the odds for Mitre and Gaudin.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I doubt they get the chance to show themselves as reliable shutdown pen guys.

            And the fact that Gaudin has pitched better than Mitre, and has already done the bullpen thing this year, probably gives him the big leg up as well.

            Mitre and Melancon need to have dynamite Septembers to get spots.

            Coke (big gap) Gaudin (big gap) Mitre (small gap) Melancon

            • Makavelli

              So who’s our #4 starter in the later rounds of the playoffs then? Joba…but are they eliminating the “Joba Rules 2.0″ come the playoffs? Or is there a good chance he pitches 3 innings again like yesterday…

              Is this where Aceves would come in again? Or somebody else…

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Yeah, I think the Joba Rules 2.0 is strictly to ramp him down in September. Joba will be the #4 starter in the playoffs.

                We’ll start scaling his innings back up towards the end of the season, so he’s ready to go 6+ in the ALCS.

              • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

                AS I understand the 2009 Joba Rules v2.0, the plan is to ramp Joba back up to pitching more inning near the end of September so that he is ready to start in the playoffs.

                • Makavelli

                  Couldn’t they cut out some of these “side-bullpen sessions” and arguably add those pitches or arbitrary (potential) innings to his count in September?

                • pete

                  no you don’t take out side sessions. a pitcher has to keep his arm strong and be able to reliably execute about 10-15 different pitches (counting each location of each pitch as a specific pitch b/c it requires its own specific motion), the kind of muscle memory that requires that much repetition

  • Big Pink Lips

    I hope Cody Ransom gets called up.

    • Tom Zig

      So we can DFA him again, just to prove a point.

  • Drew

    Great write-up by Jennings.

    What exactly do the yanks have to do to protect the rule fivers? Do they have to be placed on the 40 or just given another contract?

    • Ed

      They need a spot on the 40 man roster.

      • Drew

        Yikes, no wonder some gems slip to the rule 5.
        That’s a whole lot of guys the Yanks need to make decisions about.

        • A.D.

          yeah, though some 40 man spots will open up with FA, and some others could easily go, namely Shelly, Garcia, Claggett

    • A.D.

      they have to be on the 40 man in advance of the rule 5 draft

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Great write-up by Jennings.

      Agreed. Sucks that he has to take furlough days. Hopefully he’s doing okay in this effed-up economy.

      • Makavelli

        I have a furlough day this Friday. It sucks but at least they tie them into extra long weekends…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          That’s a bitch.

          Silver lining: You could drive up to Toronto and catch a Yankees road victory.

          Joba vs. Halladay. So, both starters should be out of the game by the 4th inning.

          http://www.instantrimshot.com

          • Makavelli

            Yeah what’s wrong with Halladay? Maybe he really did want to leave that depressing team after-all. He hasn’t really been the same since he realized he was saying on that team haha

            • Drew
              • Drew

                (SFW)

            • jsbrendog

              yeah, or, you know, that whole groin injury thing he probably rushed back from cause the blue jays season was on the verge bakc then….but he could also just be depressed

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    So who’s not going to be protected moving forward? Jackson is the obvious one to be protected, and I assume Russo would be as well along with Kroenke, Nova and Romulo Sanchez.

    • pat

      My boy Eduardo Nunzez aka The Future aka Nasty Nunez aka The Trenton Thrilla aka Tha Professa; DR Edition will most definitely be protected.

      If Cashman wants to keep his job, that is.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        How about Pararrayos de Dios?

        • pat

          Me gusta mucho.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Donde esta la zapateria?

            • pat

              En mis pantalones?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                ¿Pat, lleva usted pantalones?

                • pat

                  No, estoy desnudo. Cuidado Chicas!

  • A.D.

    Oh, and check out my Sept. callup post if you missed it. Even if you didn’t, go ahead and give it another read.

    AKA keep clicking on the website so we can get our ad $$$

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And feel free to click through on our ad-links while you’re at it.

    • Salty Buggah

      I think you actually have to click on the ads to have RAB get money.

  • A.D.

    So guys needing to be protected:

    AJAX
    Nova
    Russo
    Nunez
    Whelan
    Curtis
    Kroenke
    Duff
    Romulo Sanchez

    Spots opening up/ could be opened (assuming that Damon/Matsui and Marte/Gaudin would just be replaced by major league FA and not Yankees farm players):
    Miranda
    Alby
    Shelly
    Hinske
    Cash
    Molina
    Edwar
    Garcia
    Calggett
    Hariston

    So with that it comes out to have spots depending on FA, then it comes down to which relievers you’d care about protecting vs DFA

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      If we break up the Fat Sanchezes duo, I’ll be crushed.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I wouldn’t worry about Curtis.

      • A.D.

        Yeah, obviously there could be some guys not worth protecting vs what they would need to DFA

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      …and i wouldn’t give up on Garcia yet either.

      • 27 this year

        I am not either but there is little chance another org would want to use a 40 man spot for a guy like that.

        • A.D.

          Exactly, he’s obviously still talented, but not necessarily worried about another team taking him.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Regarding AJax , who Jennings thinks is worthy of adding to the 40 man to get a cup of coffee: Are we assuming that Kevin Cash would be cut to make room for him? That’s the only 40-man move I can see us doing, since Claggett is the only other 40-man cut potential but we’ll want him around to soak up September innings…

    • Makavelli

      With Posada, Molina, and Cervelli…isn’t Kevin Cash almost dead weight?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Not to mention Chris Stewart and P.J. Pilittere right behind Cash.

        If necessary, they can put up big league lines of .186/.248/.287, I’m sure of it.

        /backhandcompliment’d

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          can’t DFA Cash yet though, right?

    • pat

      Sadly enough, is Claggett even capable of soaking up innings @ the Ml level right now? It’s kinda hard to soak em up when you can barely complete 1.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
        • pat

          Hahah, oh white girls and their inability to fill out booty shorts.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            http://www.higherthansatire.co.....970b-800wi (less-safe, but still technically okay)

            • pat

              Dayum. I don’t care what anybody says, I love Kim.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Kourtney’s no slouch, either.

                http://www.hollywire.com/wp-co.....bikini.jpg (each one gets less and less work-safe)

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                She indirectly caused Steve McNair’s murder. When she started dating Reggie Bush, every football player wanted to date a phat-ass Persian girl. McNair picked a crazy one.

                /jumping to conclusions’d

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Steve chose poorly.

                  You want to pick a REALLY PRETTY mistress, not just a kinda-pretty mistress.

                  Really pretty girls have no problem letting you go back to your wife, because they know they’re pretty enough to hook up with someone else.

                  I should probably stop talking before I get in trouble. Forget I said anything.

                • Makavelli

                  Absolutely. The hotter the better. At that point you’re both using each other for something else. You’re using her for her looks and she’s using you for your money. There is absolutely not love possible in this scenario.

                  Air McNair’s scenario…it gets a little more complicated.

                • pat

                  Hahaha, avoiding the batshit insane ones is also pretty advisable.

  • Makavelli

    Well there goes Brad Penny. To the Giants…
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....onday.html

    • Makavelli

      I thought since we put a claim on him in August…he couldn’t be put on waivers *again* and had to be outright released?

      • 27 this year

        he was placed on release waivers and nobody put in a claim because of his incentive contract

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        He was released. Four days ago.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Red Sox traded him to Giants for Buster Posey, and the Giants threw in $5 million to sweeten the pot.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        +depth

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